'The pass from Fabio for the goal was perfectly timed'.
Jack Colback was ecstatic after grabbing the goal he’d threatened throughout the Tyne-Wear derby win at Newcastle.
The midfielder saw a deflected shot tipped away by Tim Krul in the first half – Adam Johnson tapping in the loose ball – before blasting just past the post in the second period.
But he did eventually break through 10 minutes from time, blasting Fabio Borini’s pass into the top corner to round off a memorable 3-0 victory.
When we keep the ball we can control the game a bit and it was a very good performance away from home
- Jack Colback
“I didn’t catch it that well [for Johnson’s goal] and the second shot [in the second half] was just wide,” he said after the game.
“The pass from Fabio for the goal was perfectly timed – it set up nicely for me to hit it and thankfully it went in.”
Sunderland’s three goals may have stolen the headlines but Colback felt his defensive colleagues made just as important a contribution.
The settled back four of Phil Bardsley, John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Marcos Alonso were typically unflappable as they soaked up some Newcastle pressure in the early stages of the second half.
“I think the back four were brilliant – they headed everything away and got to the second balls,” Colback said.
“We’ve been playing well away from home. We’re difficult to break down and very good on the break.
Colback's Sunderland goals
- v Everton Dec 2011 (D 1-1)
- v M'Boro Feb 2012 (W 2-1 AET)
- v Cardiff Dec 2013 (D 2-2)
- v Newcastle Feb 2014 (W 3-0)
“When we keep the ball we can control the game a bit and it was a very good performance away from home.”
The victory was Sunderland’s third in row against Newcastle and saw the Black Cats make it three wins and a draw from their last four Barclays Premier League games.
But Colback isn’t getting carried away as his side look for their third straight league win when Hull City visit the Stadium of Light this weekend.
“We’ve done fantastically well,” he said. “All the players have bought into what the head coach wants to do, but we know we’ve only done half the job.
“We can take the rewards from this performance and then look ahead to the Hull game and make sure we win that one.”